Phones are a public utility.
Especially when phone service first begin it was classified as a public utility.
Still today phone service is a public utility although it mostly referred to payphones but payphones are no longer around.
A phone bill is classed as a utility bill.
Phone service is also considered to be a public utility.
Generally, utility expenses include electricity, gas, water/sewage and garbage disposal.
Sometimes, other services such as internet, cable TV and phone services are considered to be additional utilities since they are now considered standard in most American households.
A utility bill is a detailed invoice, issued and paid once a month from utilities, including electric, natural gas, water, and waste.
Utility bills for consumers and businesses are basically structured the same; businesses simply have many more accounts and charges to monitor than consumers.
Common utilities include water, sewer, electric, gas, trash, and recycling.
Technology subscriptions like cable TV, internet, security, and phone service can also be considered utilities. Home utilities are similar to utilities in an apartment, with one major exception: who pays the utility bills.